The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

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According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of the word “bell jar” is, “a bell-shaped usually glass vessel designed to contain objects or preserve gases and or a vacuum”. Sylvia Plath’s title, The Bell Jar, symbolically represents her feeling towards the seclusion and inferiority women endured trapped by societes glass vessel during the 1950’s. The Bell Jar, follows the life of Esther Greenwood, the protagonist and narrator of the story, during her desperate attempt to become a woman. For the most part, Esther begins her life at college with lots of success, earning a scholarship and an internship to a fashion magazine corporation. However, Esther’s success is short lived and it begins to fade as she faces increasing pressures from the outside world. Eventually, Esther loses her internship and scholarship money pursuing relationships rather than focusing on her career and studies. Enthusiastically, Esther decides to move back in with her mother, but is then notified that she has been denied entry into her dream summer writing program. Losing her opportunity to participate in the writing program drives Esther into a deep depression, where she attempts suicide via overdose on her mother’s sleeping pills. In light of Esther’s cleverness to hide her body away, the police still find Esther in time and admit her into a psychiatric ward for rehabilitation. After a couple of months with insulin-electroshock therapy sessions administered by Doctor Nolan, Esther

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